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Christmas and New Year London Transport and Opening Times

Over Christmas and New Year, there are changes to transport and opening times in London. Make sure you know what's happening with our practical guide.

Christmas Day (25 December), Boxing Day (26 December) and New Year’s Day (1 January) are all public holidays (bank holidays) in the UK.

Because Christmas Day 2016 and New Year’s Day 2017 both fall on a Sunday, Tuesday 27 December 2016 and Monday 2 January 2017 become substitute bank holidays.

Public Transport Services over Christmas

Public transport is limited over the Christmas period, so make sure you plan your journey in advance. There is no public transport on Christmas Day. On Christmas Eve, public transport starts to wind down from early evening, including no night buses. Check back nearer the time for full details of transport over Christmas in 2016.

Some taxis are available although they may charge more on Christmas and Boxing Day. You should check details before travelling and book in advance to avoid extended waits.

Check the Transport for London website before travelling.

Train Services to London over Christmas

There may be engineering work taking place which will affect train journeys in London and the UK over the Christmas and New Year period. Check for the latest updates on

London on Christmas Day

Most businesses and attractions close on Christmas Day in London, and many close from 24 to 26 December, as well as 1 January. So make sure to check before travelling.

There are still plenty of things to do on Christmas Day in London. See top London landmarks on a Christmas Day tour, attend a traditional church service, book a restaurant lunch with the family, see London’s beautiful Christmas lights, or cheer on the swimmers racing for the Peter Pan Cup in Hyde Park. Take a look at our article for more ideas.

Hotels and Restaurants on Christmas Day

Most London hotels are open at Christmas and some hotel restaurants offer Christmas dining on 25 December. Take a look at our Where to Stay section for hotel listings and booking information.

Some restaurants, bars and pubs are also open on Christmas Day, but most require advance reservation. 

Boxing Day and January Sales in London

Activity returns to London on Boxing Day (26 December). The January sales start in many London shops and public transport also resumes but with a limited service.

New Year's Eve and New Year's Day in London

Central London will be very busy on New Year's Eve mainly due to London’s New Year's Eve fireworks, which is once again a ticketed event in 2016. There is only limited public transport on New Year’s Day, so check Transport for London’s website for details and make sure you plan your journey in advance over the New Year period.

Take a look at our round up of things to do on New Year’s Eve for ideas on how to celebrate the New Year in London.

Christmas and New Year Events in London

For more things to do around Christmas and New Year’s Eve in London, take a look at our calendar of events or guide to what’s on in London.